Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Ezekiel
Book: Ezekiel
Chapter: 29

The Desolation of Egypt. (1-16) Also a promise of Mercy to
Israel. (17-21)

1-16 Worldly, Carnal minds pride themselves in their property,
forgetting that whatever we have, we received it from God, and
should use it for God. Why, then, do we boast? Self is the great
Idol which all the world worships, in contempt of God and his
Sovereignty. God can force men out of that in which they are
most secure and easy. Such a one, and all that cleave to him,
shall perish together. Thus End men's pride, presumption, and
Carnal security. The Lord is against those who do harm to his
people, and still more against those who lead them into Sin.
Egypt shall be a kingdom again, but it shall be the basest of
the kingdoms; it shall have little wealth and power. History
shows the complete fulfilment of this Prophecy. God, not only in
Justice, but in Wisdom and Goodness to us, breaks the
Creature-stays On which we lean, that they may be No more our

17-21 The besiegers of Tyre obtained little plunder. But when
God employs ambitious or covetous men, he will recompense them
according to the desires of their hearts; for every Man shall
have his reward. God had Mercy in store for the House of Israel
soon after. The history of nations best explains ancient
prophecies. All events fulfil the Scriptures. Thus, in the
deepest scenes of adversity, the Lord sows the seed of our
future prosperity. Happy are those who desire his favour, Grace,
and image; they will delight in his service, and not covet any
earthly recompence; and the blessings they have Chosen shall be
sure to them for ever.